"The supplemental mp3 idea is working out for me/my community/my band/the archive, because: ..."
Feb 14, 2005 4:20am
Re: Evaluation Time for LMA Deriver (mp3, ogg generator)
it is working out for me because it allows me to have created at the time of seeding a show quality controled / universal quality mp3s to be hosted along side the original master flac files I upload. i don't have to worry about people making 4th gen questionable mp3s down the road ... if they ever want mp3s, there they are, 1st gen derived right from my master files.
i'm a taper, and the number of shows I seed since the mp3s started has been the same if not increased.
the number of unknown bands i 'sample' and try out randomly has gone from 0-1 a month pre-mp3 to 10 or so a month post-mp3 ...
the streaming option has turned many of my work friends onto the archive, who previously had never heard of it.
I have seen nothing but good things come from the mp3's in the year test period and I think the middle ground (allowing tapers and / or bands to opt out) is a perfect world and works to appease all parties.
as an admin, when bugs / mistakes happen with mp3's being made when there should be none, we really try to fix it asap, i know it takes a day or two sometimes but we really do regret when that happens and try and fix it asap.
thanks for having the archive around and making it such a usefull tool of the live music trading world.